Six Things From the World of Hemp Worth Knowing This Month.
With no sign of stopping, the world around hemp keeps changing. Here are a handful of things worth knowing in September.
Crop Insurance Available For 2020
The USDA’s Risk Management Agency has announced that it will offer crop insurance to cover hemp beginning in 2020. Coverage will be available for industrial hemp growers planting hemp for the purposes of producing fiber, flower, or seeds. For more information about coverage and policy requirements, read the announcement on USDA’s website by clicking here.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem Doubles Down Against Hemp
The governor of the state of South Dakota has been an adamant opponent of industrial hemp, both in her home state and abroad. The state recently arrested a truck driver carrying a legal load of hemp from Colorado to Minnesota. Earlier in September Noem vowed to veto any bill placed on her desk that would advance industrial hemp growth for farmers in her state in an Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal. A draft of the 2020 bill is not even finalized yet but is expected in the next few weeks. To read Noem’s comments, click here.
Vandals Destroy $250,000 Hemp Crop on Family Farm
A family in California woke up one morning earlier this month to their entire field of hemp destroyed by vandals. According to reports, vandals arrived on ATV’s and proceeded to spend roughly 30 minutes driving around destroying the hemp crop. Owners of the farm say the plants that were destroyed held a harvest-time value of roughly a quarter-million dollars.
Hemp Processing Solutions Announces BudRubber Rental Option
The popular separation machine, BudRubber, has made waves recently in the hemp industry. HPS has now announced an option where farmers, growers, and processors can rent the large equipment and process their biomass on their own farm site. Rental equipment is being made available in various locations based on demand. Those interested in renting a BudRubber should call the HPS office at (605)945-6146.
USDA Draft of Hemp Rules Sent to White House
An eagerly awaited draft of regulations for handling industrial hemp has been finalized by federal agriculture authorities and has been sent to the White House for review. The rules from the USDA will now be reviewed by the Office of Budget and Management before implementation. The USDA had originally hoped to release the rules publically in August. After approval, the new rules should be released for public review within a matter of weeks. More information on this is available from Hemp Industry Daily.
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